Kathmandu Valley Cultural Tour

Duration: 9

Trip Overview

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max Elevation: 0
  • Best Season: Spring / Autumn
  • Total Duration: 9
  • Trip Grade: 4

The ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley will awe you with the richness in prehistoric sites and landmarks, many of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the cultural richness of three of the Nepal’s oldest cities. You will find magnificent architectures and historical monuments, including temples, stupas, and palaces that dates back to thousands of years!

This tour package is the best choice for those interested in having experiences of different culture, arts and history. Kathmandu Valley is a center of cultural assimilation, architectural wonders and varying lifestyles. This will enable you to witness people from different cultures, traditions, languages and religions living in perfect harmony. You will also witness beautiful sunrises from Nagarkot and stunning views of country-sides and mountains.  

Itinerary

  • - Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    After you land at Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu, you will be received by our representatives who will then assist you to transfer to your hotel. After check-in, we will have a short briefing of your tour. You can have an evening stroll around the city at your own leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

  • - Day 2: Pashupati and Boudhanath tour

    We will begin our tour by visiting Pashupatinath Temple in the morning. This is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. With a Hindu crematorium beside the holy temples, Pashupatinath Temple embodies both the living and dead at the same time and is truly a great place to experience spiritualism.

     

    Next we will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest and most unique stupas in the world. The all-seeing eyes of the Buddha on each side of the stupa symbolize awareness. Take some time to immerse yourself in the spiritual vibes of Boudhanath after which we will head back to the hotel.

  • - Day 3: Chisapani-Nagarkot hiking

    We will drive about 1 hour from Kathmandu and reach our trek start point Sundarijal. Following the trail, we will enter Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. You can gain deep insights into the lives, history, culture and religion of the local communities. After reaching the top of Shivapuri, you can enjoy the panoramic view of different mountain ranges. We will then descend through forested trails and reach Chisapani in the evening where we will stay overnight.

  • - Day 4: Nagarkot

    After breakfast, we will trek through forests and make our way towards Nagarkot which is famous for breathtaking views of hills and mountains as well as sunrise and sunset. On a clear day, we can see the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and 12 other peaks. Hotel check-in, sunset view and rest.

     

  • - Day 5: Bhaktapur and Patan

    We will observe sunrise in Nagarkot and then drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the most magnificent architectural showpieces also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this ancient city, which used to be one of the three royal palace squares centuries ago, you can witness architectural wonders including a 55-window palace and Nyatopola Temple. This city is also famous for clay pottery, arts and curds known as juju:dhau.

     

    After lunch, we will drive to Patan Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient city is best known for its architecture, cultural heritage, and arts and crafts.  We will explore old palaces of kings, the famous temple Krishna Mandir and many other temples and idols. We will then drive to Kathmandu for overnight stay.

  • - Day 6: Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square

    In the morning, we will visit centuries old Swayambunath Stupa in the northwest of the Katmandu Valley. Also known as the Money Temple, the main stupa sits atop its hill and provides panoramic views of the valley. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and is one of the holiest Buddhist Chaityas. Find peace and prayer in this holy sanctuary.

     

    We will then drive to Kathmandu another world heritage site Durbar Square. Like other squares, it is rich with spectacular architecture and shows excellent skills of Nepali artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Must-visit list include Kumari Ghar, the palace (now museum) and Kasthamandup Temple, which is undergoing reconstruction after facing destruction in the 2015 earthquake. We will then drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • - Day 7: Departure from Katmandu Airport

    Our tour of major Buddhist sites in Nepal comes to an end. You can visit nearby places, indulge yourself in last hour shopping and prepare for departure. We will drive you to Tribhuwan International Airport two hours prior your flight time. Then comes the final departure with lots of memories.

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